Upper Mustang Tiji festival Trek is annual Festival celebrated at Lo Manthang near to King’s Palace ,still the kingship and walked Kingdom is being practice there. This Mustang Tiji Festival Treks is popular among Tibetan, Nepal and all Buddhist people from around the world, which is celebrated annually for three days marking the beginning of the harvest season with a belief to chase away the demons. In this festival, people chant prayers and dance. We can see the monks dressed in the traditional wear performing the traditional dances. The red, yellow and blue colored dresses and the colorful flags make the whole environment vivid and vibrant.
As per the myth, Dorjo Jono, a deity fought a battle against his father to save the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. His father was a demon who caused terror among the people by creating shortage of water in such a barren land. Dorjo Jono therefore beat his demon father and chased him away from the land of Mustang. Hence, Tiji festival symbolizes chasing of the demons to bring peace and prosperity.
For 2017, Upper Mustang Tiji festival Trekking is not fixed yet but the month is every year in May, we will upgrade when they fixed the date, which is an especially designed package where you can trek in the beautiful landscapes of the Upper Mustang Region and attend the heart whelming Tiji festival.
Day 01Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Our Airport staff will come to pick up you and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.BB
Day 02Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.Today we will take you for sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. In the morning after having breakfast you go visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. Then in the afternoon you visit Monastery around Kathmandu. In the evening you will return to the Hotel.
Day 03Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel. inclusive of breakfast. you will drive to Pokhara (200km) the road mostly follows the River Trisuli and Marshyangdi, depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6-hrs drive. Along the drive you will enjoy beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals.BB
Day 04Fly to Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2800m). 3 hours. Overnight at Guest House.Early in morning fly Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snows covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the river created deepest gorge on this planet. From here starts your trekking to Kagbeni the main gate to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni situated at an altitude of (2807m) Kagbeni village was formed around 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet and still there is a checkpoint to control the groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of full board meals.
Day 05Trek to Chele (3110m/10200ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrsWe start our trek to Chele along the east bank of Kaligandaki river. Seclude and unique landscapes along this sandy trial are mind blowing. We continue uphill and downhill to Tangbe village. The view of Nilgiri peak from this village is amazing. We pass white washed houses, crop fields and apple orchards and continue to Chhusang village. We cross the river and continue our climb up to a huge red lump of agglomerate which falls from the cliff above. We leave Kali Gandaki valley and climb a steep rocky canyon to Chele. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06Trek to Geling (3500m). 6 hours. Overnight at Guest House. We continue our climb along steep, treeless terrain along the side of a steep canyon to a pass and a cairn of rock at (3540m). We make a long gradual descend to Samar village and climb up above Samar village to a ridge. We further descend into a large gorge and continue to a valley field. We cross a stream and climb up a ridge at (3800m). We continue our climb up and cross yet another pass. We follow the ridge and descend to Shyangmochen. We further climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07Trek to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 hrs.Our trail climbs gently up to a pass called NYI La and descends below to a valley. We cross a steel bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river) and follow the way to the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb a pass at 3,600m and make a long gentle descend to Charang village. We visit a huge five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa which are the major attractions of the village. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 hrsOur trail climbs up steadily to Lo-Gekar Gompa, one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. We continue our trek with a sight of the walled city of Lo all along the trial. We make a short descent, cross a stream and climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09Lo – Manthang (3730 m) – the celebration of the first day of Tiji festival.Today is the first day of Tiji Festival. We spend our day observing the dances and celebrations. Horse racing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions. Tibetan women in their traditional clothing with colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes make the entire environment vivid and vibrant. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10Second day of Tiji festival with Acclimatization We can enjoy a colorful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. We can see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal. After the observation, we can explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or simply rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 11Final day of the festival Tiji/Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 - 6 hrsToday, we walk to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery that lies on a hilltop. It is an important monastery that serves as a local court to the local community people. After our visit to the monastery, we continue our tour to Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang. In the evening, we return back to Lomanthang and continue the celebration of Tiji festival. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12Trek to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) Duration: 6-7 hrsToday, our trail climbs up steadily. We climb a ridge at 4070m and continue to the Chogo La at 4210m, the highest point of our trek. Then we make a short and steep descent and cross the Charang River. We climb up to Lo Gekar and continue to Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We climb up a ridge, cross a valley along some alpine meadows and drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrsOur trail descends as we pass the stone walls and fields of Drakmar and then climbs up to a ridge. We descend to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m). We further descend to Chhung-Kah and follow the trial to Tama Gaon (3710m). We continue our descend until we reach Shyangmochen. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14Trek to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) Duration: 6 hrsWe follow a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave which is 30-minutes longer than the usual route. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15Chhusang to Jomsom (2700/8856ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs We start our trek early in the morning and continue to Kagbeni. After completing the upper Mustang trails, we join the normal route and head on to Jomsom for an overnight halt. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17Drive Back to kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18Transfer to International Airport for your onward destination.
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Above itinerary can be Change along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more days, you can do white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
Thank you very much once again to Binod ,his Team and his Trekking Company Beside The Himalayan Treks & Expedition for organized and guided such a beautiful Trek on Upper…
Susan & Elizabeth, Canada
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